STL233: The power of the disc sander
Anissa and Ben debate the pros and cons of different stationary sanders, the best ways of dealing with squeeze out, and what to do with all of those old jigs.
I see that a lot of woodworkers have disc sanders for rough stock removal and shaping, and I pretty rarely see stationary belt sanders. Why is that? Is there some advantage to disc sanders that I’m not aware of? They’re priced similarly, and to me it seems that a belt sander is more versatile because it has allows you to sand thicker material. Also, belt changes are much easier than disc changes. Can you shed some light on this?
I find that the longer I have this hobby, the more and more jigs I accumulate that I just can’t part with.Router templates, special tablesaw sleds, clamping helpers, shooting boards at specific angles, and similar stuff. How do you all manage the lifecycle of these things that you make?
What do you keep, and what do you toss away?Do you disassemble jigs and reuse plywood? How do you organize what you keep, and what is your storage solution like for them?
There is nothing that I hate more than trying to clean up glue squeeze out. My current prevention/clean up strategy for glue squeeze out is to:
- Not put too much glue on whatever I’m gluing
- Let the glue fully harden before trying to clean up any squeeze out
- Some combination of a chisel/card scraper/knife/sandpaper work to remove the hardened squeeze out. I try to be as careful as I can, but I often find myself damaging some surfaces when doing the cleanup (not to mention the fairly large amount of time it takes).
How do you recommend to prevent glue squeeze out? For the inevitable bit of glue that does squeeze out, how do you recommend to efficiently clean it up without damaging any parts?
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